For Immediate Release
Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition
Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Larry Garfield Letterman (63, Wildwood) yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of possession of firearms and ammunition affecting commerce by a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to the plea agreement, Letterman met with a confidential informant in a series of video-recorded transactions during October and November 2015. Each transaction took place at Letterman’s residence, where he sold the informant three firearms and ammunition, including an AR-15 rifle. Based on the transactions, federal agents executed a search warrant at the residence on December 15, 2015. They recovered an AK-47 rifle, a shotgun, a handgun, packaging from another handgun, and more than 260 rounds of assorted ammunition.
Letterman confessed to possessing all of the firearms and ammunition, and that he had multiple prior felony convictions, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, and sodomy of a male less than 14 years old. As a previously convicted felon, Letterman is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Regina Lombardo, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.